Art that’s unreal to look at

Chris Arnol had previously put his artistic passion on hold for his firefighting career. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d429150
Chris Arnol had previously put his artistic passion on hold for his firefighting career. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d429150

Chris Arnol is one member of the Contemporary Australian Surrealist Movement (CASM), a recently formed group aiming to ‘change the art scene in WA from the ordinary to the extraordinary’.

Mr Arnol said their signature style was realism with a twist.

‘The surrealism genre can be likened to expressing imaginative dreams,’ he said.

‘In many respects it is similar to fantasy art.

‘In its purest form, however, artists strive to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind. This is often expressed through the irrational juxtaposition of images. In short, it is unreal to look at.’

Those keen to experience what CASM has to offer will have the opportunity when the group host their debut exhibition, Surrealism Now, at Metamorphosis Art Gallery in Willetton, from November 21 to December 7.